Monday, 15 December 2014

From one craft to another

I managed to make the 24 peace soaps for my friend and now it's on to the next thing.

From top left, clockwise: sugar cookies, chocolate pepper cookies, gingerbread cookies and chocolate melting kisses

There are more icebox cookies in the fridge waiting to be baked and the sugar and gingerbread cookies still need to be iced. Funny how these things always take way longer than I anticipate. 

Are you doing any baking for the holiday season? And if anyone wants to know, I'm eating all these cookies myself. ;)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Details, details

I love the details when making MP soaps. Well it's really a love hate relationship, I love the way it looks if it turns out.

This dove doesn't need a lot of detailing, but the parts that do, are very persnickety. I've changed the way I do details now, which is probably less efficient in some ways, but when I'm not in the mood to use the injector tool, makes sense. I just pour the detailed portion soap as close to the area as I can, and hope it doesn't overflow too much. I let it set and then use the scraper to clean it up. It was easier that way when I'm soaping in the kitchen because of the lack of workspace.

Taking pictures of a white object with a white background makes me realize I need better lighting.

Well on the bright side, craft fairs are over for another year, so I can take a break and spend time on other things, like staring at the insides of my eyelids on the weekends instead.

A great big thanks to my friends who helped me with the shows: Christina for carting my displays back and forth and helping with set up and take down, and to Teresa for helping with the last craft fair, making the kids smile by giving them "reindeer food" and talking up my soaps.

Are you running around for the holidays or taking it easy? Have a great week!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Getting into the spirit of the season

And time to show off the last of the moulds my friend gave me. This one is more Christmas-y, which is why I saved it until now. I really enjoyed doing the detail work on this, but as you can see in the last photo, trying to make the words stand out by colouring them didn't work out quite as planned.

Being geographically challenged, I'm not sure which way is up.

The green in the wording looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters  spewed out those words.

Are you prepared for craft fair season? Are you doing any craft fairs this year or attending any?

Have a great week!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Holy craft fairs Batman

I completed the second of four craft fairs so far, and can I just say for the record that I am completely in awe of those people who run a household, have a job and work fairs? As I told one lady, I'm happy that I got myself dressed this morning, I can't imagine trying to get myself AND several children dressed and out the door as Jennifer of The Basket Lady does (3 kids!) Then there's Kirinia of Kirina's Krafts who has a baby and works farmer's markets and craft fairs year round.

Happy to say, I sold some of the soaps that I hadn't sold in the past, like my pterodactyl in amber and 2 of 3 of my large LEGO, um, I mean building block, men. Like these ones.

Strange thing is, I didn't sell any of my Christmas themed soaps. Guess I'm not the only one not ready for Christmas yet.

Are you excited about Christmas or are the stores putting out Christmas decorations too soon in your opinion?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Up, up and away

That's what a launch is right? For anyone who didn't hear me squealing, jumping up and down for joy, my website is up and running. I hired a fantabulous web designer to re-vamp my website and I wasn't the least surprised that she did an amazing job.

She did as I requested, that is getting it ready for the craft fairs. Here's a few things that I had made in preparation for the fairs and these both sold. So now I have to go make some more.

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Getting ready for fairs

For those of you who got a sneak peek of this last week, my apologies. I didn't scheduled properly and I had wanted to make one more cat to show off, but somehow the time just slipped by before I could make anymore. So without further ado…


So I don't have time to think of new soaps to make, but rather, I'm reinventing the ones I already have.

This is a popular one for all those cat lovers out there. In the past, I did the cat in grey, but this year, I thought I'd take advantage of my ADD side and try some different colours. All scented with sandalwood vanilla for a more adult soap.

This one's my favourite, although he almost looks skull-ish. (Is that even a word???)

But I love how his pink ears stick out
The nose doesn't look quite right on this one.

The original

Are you a cat person? I like these ones because they don't shed.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Soap swap!

The very sweet Michelle of Blog of a Soap Pixie asked me a while back if I'd be interested in a soap swap. Of course I jumped at the idea, I mean who wouldn't right?

Thank you to Michelle of course, Carrie Garvin of Under the Willow Soaps, Elizabeth of Whiskey Creek Soap and Natalie of Koinonia

Special thanks to my wonderful sister who not only took in all those goodies above and shipped them to me, but also gave me this awesome makeup kit. I think she said it was for my upcoming craft fairs, but I don't know if I want to share!